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The Cre8tive Life

Issue 2- June 22, 2018

Issue 2- June 22, 2018

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the second issue of "The Cre8tive Life!" Your weekly newsletter full of lifestyle tips, smiles, and cool things to check out---and, the "feel good" component of my company, The Cre8tive Artisan, which is where I "make the magic happen" and produce fun, exciting, and engaging lifestyle events that help connect us humans in deeper ways.

As always, if this newsletter is "not your thing", please feel free to unsubscribe (however, I really hope you don't). And, if you have any future topic ideas/picks for me, PlEASE feel free to send those along my way as well! Have a GREAT rest of your day, and take time to enjoy your life!



My weekly (random) compilation of some of my favorite "cre8tive" things that I want to share:

  • FAVORITE WORD: Sacrosanct 


  • MUSIC: Lalah Hathaway's "Self Portrait" Album is what has been on rotation this week--Lalah's voice is like pure butter on a hot summer day being poured on the softest of biscuits.I particularly love "On Your Own."


  • ADVICE: "Sometimes your power resides not in what you do; but, in what you don't do." -Paulo Coelho-  #LetThatMarinate


  • MOVIE: "The Shape of Water"---felt all the feels with this one! If you saw/liked a movie like "Amelie" I am pretty sure you might like this.



  • LEARNING MORE ABOUT: The future of blockchain and Ethereum...(after attending an awesome event at Soho House earlier this week where Joseph Lubin (Co-Founder of Ethereum & Founder of ConsenSys was the featured speaker). The way that they are tracking this to be in the future is quite fascinating! 


  • RANDOM LIFESTYLE TIP: TRELLO. This "project management app" has definitely turned into one of my "new" favorite things, and has really been helping me to get my life in order (because as a "cre8tive", I can sometimes be a bit all over the place). I had previously heard about it in passing, but recently truly became aware of its usefulness in a Mastermind group I participated in. Our coach spoke about how helpful it was to her, and showed us some ways in which she used it from the super personal to business- and I have been changed by it ever since. Truly life changing!


I recently attended an entrepreneur event earlier this week where the panelists were asked about their failures and successes throughout their journey. There were some interesting responses that came about from that question; but, one of the most powerful things that stood out to me came from a panelist who chose to spin her answer to the question in a different way. She shared how some of the best advice that she had ever received from someone was to, "Go out and collect as many "noes" as you can." It seemingly gave her the permission to look at the way she approached things (and life) totally differently. It allowed her the freedom to go after the things she really wanted to do in an authentic way, and removed any of the self barriers she had put up. I found this to be really compelling and significant because I have found myself being on this very same journey recently, without putting the above descriptor to it. I think so many times we can be our own biggest critic, and get in our own way because of being scared of the rejection that might come about if we do some of the things that we really want to do. Case in point, I had been wanting to do a newsletter for a VERY LONG TIME now, as well as doing some other things with my business- but, when it came down to putting things into action, I would always seemingly come up against a self imposed barrier (excuse) as to why it wasn't the right time to do it. Then, one day, I just got so sick of myself in living that way, and decided to just "go for it." I allowed myself to realize that I can't let the fear of rejection define me and what I feel my purpose to be. I have to live my life the best way that I can, and do things the best way that I can. And, I have to trust and believe in the fact that those who are supposed to resonate with what I am doing, will "get me" and will be open to experiencing things with and through me. Rejection does not define me, it simply allows me to be redirected to something that is more aligned with my true purpose. And, as I continue to "collect my own noes," I am also given that freedom to get closer to where I am supposed to be.


What are some things you have been holding off on doing because you thought you weren't good enough, or would be rejected on? Now, go after at least one of them!


I am STILL in the process of creating some "non-traditional" events where people can connect on a deeper level in person. And, I would LOVE to get your feedback on some things. If you could take a quick 5 minutes to fill out this survey, I would be most appreciative!

***Totally disregard this part of the newsletter if you already did this last week


The Cre8tive Artisan

New York, NY